Friday, May 17, 2013
All three of the Kingston residents study math.
Triplets will graduate from the University of Rhode Island this weekend. Well, not exactly, but they do share the same genes. The routine will go something like this: Mia Heissan, 46, a URI lecturer in math, will get her doctorate in math on Saturday. On Sunday, she will award undergraduate diplomas to her two children, Anna and Chip Slaybaugh. “It’s so great,’’ says the proud mother, who is even more thrilled that her kids are each getting a bachelor’s degree in her beloved field: math. “That’s so cool.’’ It’s not unheard of for URI instructors to award diplomas to their children, but this might be the first time that an instructor is giving out not one but two diplomas to offspring, on the same stage, no less. The Heissan/Slaybaugh clan …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
DEM, URI and CRMC officials are asking for public input on shellfish management.
Wednesday, May 15
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, with support from the University of Rhode Island, are developing a Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan. There will be an RI SMP Stakeholder Meeting, to promote the participation of individuals and businesses concerned with the future of the commercial and recreational issue of shellfish on Wednesday, May 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Corless Auditorium at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography’s Narragansett Bay Campus. This full stakeholder meeting will include an update on the SMP, including the plan's progress, on-going projects, and proposed next steps. In addition, the meeting will serve as the…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
“It’s like going from 21 to zero, when you first learn to crawl and walk. Now I have to learn to move my body in a whole different way.”
When Janice Wray lost control of her car on Route 95 in Connecticut last year, everything stopped. A 2009 graduate of East Greenwich High School, Janice was in her third year of nursing school at the University of Rhode Island. Now, suddenly, she was paralyzed from her chest down. “It’s like going from 21 to zero, when you first learn to crawl and walk,” Janice says now. “I have to learn to move my body in a whole different way.” She stayed in the ICU at Yale–New Haven for a month because her accident took place just outside New Haven, in Watertown. After that, Janice moved to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. She returned home to East Greenwich last July 26. “I’m paralyzed from right at my chest down,” Janice explains. “I don’…
Monday, May 13, 2013
A year ago, URI student and East Greenwich resident Janice Wray was in a car accident in Connecticut that changed the course of her life.
Janice Wray is sweating. Sitting on the edge of a raised physical therapy mat, Wray tugs her left leg up onto the platform, then grabs her right leg and pulls it up too. It’s excruciatingly hard work, requiring balance and muscle she’s worked to build for the past ten months. There's not a lot of muscle to build – her body lies dormant from from her chest down, paralysis the result of a car accident in April 2012. One year later, Janice goes to Providence five days a week to work with the physical therapists at Southern New England Rehab at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. There she works on the most basic of tasks with the focus and determination of an athlete. Indeed, Janice calls it her workout. She works on things, like getting the ankle …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The University of Rhode Island is now offering a double major focusing on business and environmental economics.
Wednesday, April 24
The University of Rhode Island now offers one of the nation’s first undergraduate programs focused on green business: the green business double major. This program combines majors in general business and environmental economics and can be completed in four years. “The double major in green business gives students a competitive edge for many professional careers in the new green economy,” said Emi Uchida, an assistant professor of environmental and natural resource economics. “The private sector needs professionals who have creative ideas and the tools to formulate corporate strategies that help businesses be both economically viable and environmentally sustainable.” URI began registering students for the green business double major last …
Friday, April 12, 2013
The contract extension for URI men's basketball coach Dan Hurley mainly guarantees improvements to the program's infrastructure.
Release courtesy the University of Rhode Island Athletic Department. The University of Rhode Island and head coach Dan Hurley have agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the school through at least the 2019-20 season. Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn, University officials, and representatives for Hurley have been working on finalizing the details for the past week. "This is a huge statement to our student-athletes, our program, and the many dedicated fans of Rhode Island basketball. I thank President David Dooley and Thorr Bjorn for their support, trust, and shared commitment to the future success of our program," Hurley said. "We will work harder than ever to make everyone proud to be associated with Rhode Island …
Monday, April 8, 2013
According to state police, there is no established connection between the man wanted from the library and the lockdown at URI on Thursday.
The University of Rhode Island Police Department is looking for a man involved in an incident at the campus library Friday night. The university provided no details of the incident in a press release, but said it has nothing to do with police locking down the campus Thursday after unfounded reports of a man with a gun. The man shown in the attached photo is described as a white male with a buzz haircut, clean-shaven, about 6-feet-tall and 220 pounds with a muscular build. He has a receding hairline and appears to be between 27 to 33 years of age. "At this time, we have no evidence that there is a connection between the events of last Thursday and the report from the library," a university press release reads. However, the URI Police are …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
This video has not received nearly enough attention, because it’s awesome.
So, as part of running Narragansett-South Kingstown Patch, I subscribe to Google Alerts for a couple keywords – Narragansett, South Kingstown, Prout, and importantly for this article, the University of Rhode Island. Most days, what I get is a regurgitated mixture of real estate listings and articles about Dalton Prout and Kirsten Prout. However, every once in a while, I get a true gem, like the YouTube video to the right (and here) of the University of Rhode Island baseball team lip-syncing to “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson, as covered by the cast of the movie Pitch Perfect. In case you’re unwilling to wait until the end, according to the credits list, Warwick’s Sean Furney, the guy in the passenger seat, directed the clip. …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
V. Susan Sosnowski and Donald Lally praise first responders for their actions at URI on Thursday.
Saturday, April 6
Release courtesy the Legislative Press Bureau. Rep. Donald J. Lally and Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski, both of whose districts include University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus, applauded URI and local emergency responders on Friday for their swift and thorough response to the report of a possible gunman on the campus on Thursday. “On behalf of our community, I feel safer seeing how quickly URI’s staff and our local police, fire and rescue crews responded, and how they organized a complete investigation under chaotic circumstances while keeping citizens and students out of harm’s way. We are extremely lucky and grateful that this didn’t turn out to be a shooting, but more than any drill would have, it made me aware of how well our first …
Friday, April 5, 2013
URI president David Dooley thanks emergency officials for their response, and outlines the school’s response.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, April 5
Statement released via the University of Rhode Island Department of Communications and Marketing. To Members of the University Community, We are grateful that an alarming, and to some a terrifying, experience in Kingston yesterday ended with all members of our community safe and sound. A threatening statement believed to have been made in a lecture hall caused about 300 students to flee the auditorium, an entire building evacuated, an emergency alert system activated, and a university campus put in lock down mode for nearly three hours. We appreciate the swift and professional response of the University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown, Charlestown, and Rhode Island State Police with its K-9 unit. The cooperation among these forces was …